Africa's oldest republic, Liberia is a fascinating country with a tumultuous history and beautiful traditions. Though many Liberians subscribe to Western fashions and styles, rural Liberians can still be seen wearing the traditional West African garb. Special events and dance festivals such as weddings are honored by wearing both Liberian grass skirts and the long, elegant white wedding gowns popular in the West.
Urban Liberians generally wear Western clothing styles such as T-shirts, tank tops, shorts, and other articles of clothing with which Americans and Europeans would be familiar. Clothing tends to be constructed from cotton, linen or other lightweight fabrics to withstand the heat and humidity. Urban Liberians have adopted Western-style wedding fashions, including white wedding gowns, veils, and tuxedos.